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January 30, 2015

A 24-year-old male and 23-year-old female could face life imprisonment

A straight couple could be charged with homosexuality in Tanzania.

Maua Sadick, a 24-year-old trans man, and his partner Lucy Fred, 23, were detained for two days after their arrest in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in east Africa. 

The couple's pictures were plastered across the pages of a local tabloid Uwazi with the headline 'Beautiful Girls Arrested For Homosexuality'.

January 27, 2015

US president wraps up a three-day visit to the south Asian country

LGBTI activists are calling for US President Barack Obama to help end India's anti-gay law during his visit to the country.

A social media campaign was launched earlier this month leading up to the president's three-day visit to the south Asian country, which ends today, using the hashtags ObamaForQueerIndia and ReadDown377.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 23, 2015

Project studies the sexual arousal level of gay men when using the app

The US government has spent nearly half a million dollars on a study of gay hook-up apps such as Grindr.

The National Institutes of Health last year awarded Columbia University $432,000 to interview 60 gay men to determine whether the apps increase risky sexual behavior.

The grant for the project said, 'Given the expediency with which men are able to arrange sexual encounters using these applications, there is cause to question if, when, and how sexual negotiation and serostatus disclosure occurs.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

January 15, 2015

Bharatiya Janata Party takes a stance on homosexuality for the first time

India's ruling political party has come out in support of decriminalizing gay sex, the first time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a stance on the issue.

Shaina NC, BJP spokesperson for Mumbai, said Tuesday (13 January) that while homosexuality may be seen as unnatural, it was not unacceptable.

'We are for decriminalizing homosexuality. That is the progressive way forward,' she said told NDTV.

In December last year, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 13, 2015

Ban Ki-moon says such laws breed intolerance even if not enforced

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 'staunchly opposes' India's anti-gay law, which he said breeds intolerance in the world's largest democracy.

He made the comments yesterday (12 January) at while addressing the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi.

'We are all different from one another, but we all have the same human rights,' he said.

'I am proud to stand for the equality of all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. I staunchly oppose the criminalization of homosexuality.

January 12, 2015

'The culture of shaming and silence has harmed us as people, especially in Africa.'

A Nigerian author and brand expert has taken to Facebook to publicly come out as gay.

Kenny Brandmuse, who was married for six years, had also recently disclosed that he is HIV positive.

In two separate posts, Brandmuse addressed both his sexuality and his HIV status saying he would continue to write for those who are misunderstood and discriminated against.

‘One day, very soon, it will no longer be news that some of us are gay because the next generation will regard all mankind with dignity, irrespective of sexuality,' he said.

December 23, 2014

Change would require they abstain from having sex with other men for a year prior

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy - enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US - with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

December 20, 2014

The respected sexologist and sociologist for the first time revealed details of her female-to-male transgender partner of 17 years in her blog

In what has been described as a surprise revelation and which has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely overlooked transgender community, prominent LGBT rights activist and sexologist on Thursday revealed that she is in a long-term relationship with a transgender man.

December 18, 2014

And, according to a new study, don't be a gay guy

Want to get paid more than your colleagues? The key, apparently, is to be a lesbian.

A new study has showed a person's sexual orientation affects how much they earn, and while it's good news for the lady-loving woman, it's not for gay men.

In the US alone, the pay premium rises to 20% for lesbians compared to straight women while gay men can expect to be paid 16% less than straight men.

December 16, 2014

She is among the 80 lawmakers demanding ban be replaced with a policy based on individual risk factors

A coalition of federal lawmakers called on the US government to end its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

The letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was led by the first openly gay US senator - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - as well as fellow Senate Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Barbara Lee of California and Mike Quigley of Illinois.

December 11, 2014

You will not believe what happened in conservative Korea

A Korean middle school student's response to a survey on homosexuality has gone viral in the conservative country after their former teacher posted it online last week.

The principal heard a rumor that two students were in a lesbian relationship and created a survey to find out who they were and punish them.

Students were assured their answers were anonymous and their honesty would help create a 'safe and healthy school environment.'

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 9, 2014

Bill allows the refusal of goods and services on religious grounds

A Northern Ireland legislator is seeking to add a 'conscience clause' to equality laws after a Christian bakery was sued for refusing to make a gay marriage cake.

Paul Givan yesterday (8 December) introduced his Freedom of Conscience Bill to the legislative assembly that would allow those with strongly held religious beliefs to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation.

'The dilemma facing people of faith is the choice of violating their sincerely held beliefs or going out of business,' he told the legislature.

December 1, 2014

India’s LGBTI community have shown they are not prepared to just disappear quietly since the country’s colonial era sodomy law was reinstated by the Supreme Court, with hundreds marching yesterday in the capital, New Delhi

Hundreds of LGBTI Indians and their allies took to the streets of New Delhi on Sunday – the first time the capital city has seen a gay pride march since the 1861 colonial era Section 377 anti-sodomy law was reinstated.

Reports estimate that between 400 and 700 marched in the city of 22 million people, waving garlands of multi-colored balloons and rainbow flags, chanting ‘freedom!’ and ‘I’m gay, that’s OK!’

November 25, 2014

New research shows homosexuality helps humans bond

Scientists have found a possible reason why homosexuality exists and does not die out with evolution.

Same sex desire helps us bond with people of the same gender.

Those who argue that homosexuality is a choice often argue that traits which stop us breeding successfully are eventually filtered out by evolution.

Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and her colleagues have released their answer to that question today (25 November).

November 24, 2014

India recriminalized homosexuality last year

Up to 2,000 people yesterday (23 November) protested India's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride, the first since the country recriminalized homosexuality in December last year.

After an hour delay, hundreds of people set off from the city railway station for the sixth Bengaluru Pride March and Karnataka Queer Habba in India's third largest city, in Karnataka state.

Unlike previous years, the parade was redirected through the conservative Malleswaram district and most marchers decided not to wear eye masks or cover their faces, despite the law.

November 20, 2014

Lawmakers want the anti-gay law back as soon as possible

Uganda's new anti-gay bill could be voted on in parliament before Christmas, lawmakers have said.

Lawmakers have drafted the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill intended to replace the Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August.

Kawempe South MP Latif Ssebalgala has said a committee has finished a draft of the bill, and will be presented to the public before parliament retires in 11 sitting days. Other politicians have however said this could be unlikely.

November 13, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, gives the whole picture of what is going on in his country

The Anti-Homosexuality Act is dead. Out of the ashes comes the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill. If this is passed, it will be one of the most evil and draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

It seems lawmakers have learned their lessons when it came to drafting a bill, forcing us to jump a lot more hurdles.

November 4, 2014

Let's talk about that agreed LGBTI figure of 10-12%

It turns out that far more men and women fantasise about having gay sex than many of us first thought.

A team of scientists at the University of Montreal have discovered that even though many people may identify as straight, that doesn't stop them from thinking about the same gender.

A fifth of the men questioned, 20.6%, had fantasised about gay sex. But even more so, a third of women (36.9%) had dreamed about the possibility of making love with another woman.

November 3, 2014

New justice minister says the anti-gay law was 'grossly wrong'

New Zealand's new Justice Minister Amy Adams has said she is open to discussions about wiping the criminal records of men convicted of having gay sex.

Sex between men was illegal in the country until the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in 1986.

Although they do not have to declare their convictions because of the Clean Slate Act, activists say they still live with shame.

October 29, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional.

The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong.

Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his application in 2013.

October 28, 2014

Report finds 87 per cent of the country's LGBTI people are not out

LGBTI Mongolians face social stigma and violence despite living in the first Asian country to teach LGBTI issues in schools, according to a new report.

The report was conducted by the United Nations Development Program and US Aid and is the first comprehensive review of LGBTI rights in the north Asian country.

It highlighted the lack of published records of LGBTI before the transition to democracy in 1992 and until recently, there was no word in the Mongolian language for gay or transgender.